Friday, February 2, 2024

"Vico & Swipe" at Arden Gallery, Boston

While the group show, A Legacy of Making, continues at the Calandra Institute in New York City through the end of April, my solo, Vico & Swipe, is on view at Arden Gallery in Boston for the month of February. The colors sizzle, even if they do not generate any actual heat. But in the middle of still-dark February, they certainly light up the gallery

Vico on the left wall, Swipe on the right

Both are oil stick and oil pastel on prepared paper. The grid of Vicos consists of paintings each 12 x 9.5 inches; to the left of the grid are two Vicos, 18 x 12 inches (the wide angle changes the proportions). Swipe, same medium on 30 x 22 inch Fabriano or Arches, are from 2020 

I spent most of 2023 working on Italianità, my book, with little time in the studio to make art. But in fits and starts I returned to Vico, the series I started during the pandemic. Small and intense in color, they absorbed me fully in the brief periods I had in the studio. By early December, with the book at the printer, I worked intently, adding to what I had started and producing a total of 22 new paintings on paper in two months. I put them on the wall with some of the earlier ones to view as a group. Swipe, which was on another wall for inspiration, asked to accompany the smaller works to the exhibition. Of course I said yes, as did Zola Solamente, Arden's owner/director, who curated the show.

I will be at Arden Gallery on Saturday, February 17, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Stop by for some illumination and conversation. (If snow, I'll be there the following day, same time.)
129 Newbury Street, Boston

The grid wall,  with a few individual works below

Vico 31
2024, oil stick and oil pastel on handmade paper, 12 x 9,5 inches

Vico 33
2024, oil stick and oil pastel on handmade paper, 12 x 9.5 inches

Vico 35
2024, oil stick and oil pastel on handmade paper, 12 x 9.5 inches

Vico 10, 2021, oil stick and oil pastel on handmade paper, 18 x 12 inches